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Mission

EQUALITY FOR ALL

Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network

The purpose of this legal entity shall be, by providing in particular legal assistance to promote the understanding of LGBT and other sexual minorities and to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, to contribute to the realization of a fair society where all people may realize their full potential in safety and where due consideration shall be given to individual dignity and diversity.

Board Members of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network

Representatives
  • Naosuke Fujita

    Naosuke Fujita is a Co-Representative Director and one of the co-founders of LLAN. Naosuke is a graduate of Waseda University Department of Law and University of Michigan Law School LLM. Following a career as a business lawyer at Japanese and US law firms, since March 2009, Naosuke is General Counsel for Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. and an Ally of its LGBT Network. In June 2017 Naosuke was awarded by Financial Times the Most Innovative General Counsel Award in connection with activities related to LLAN.
  • Alexander Dmitrenko

    Alexander Dmitrenko is a Co-Representative Director and one of the co-founders of LLAN. Alexander began his legal career in Canada, including working on same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights cases. He also worked at Sojitz Corporation (Tokyo headquarters), Debevoise & Plimpton (NYC) and is currently a Senior Associate at Freshfields focusing on regulatory and compliance matters. Alexander has LL.M. degrees from NYU, University of Toronto and Central European University. He is qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation, New York State and England & Wales.
Directors
  • Toru Ishiguro

    Toru Ishiguro is one of the directors of LLAN. He is a graduate of University of Tokyo and Columbia Law School LLM. He was admitted to Bar in Japan in 1980 and in New York State in 1984. He joined Hamada & Matsumoto (which is a predecessor of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto created in 2002) in 1980 and has been its partner since 1985.
  • Yasushi Takayama

    Yasushi Takayama is one of the directors of LLAN. He is a graduate of University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, and received his LL.M. degree from Cornell Law School. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1994. He joined Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. in March 1988 and has been Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer of Nomura Holdings., Inc. and Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. since April 2015. He is one of the LGBT Allies of Nomura Group.
  • Ryu Umezu

    Ryu Umezu is one of the directors of LLAN. He is a graduate of University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1991 and joined Anderson Mori. He has been a partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune since January 2000.
  • Fumihide Sugimoto

    Fumihide Sugimoto is one of the directors of LLAN. Fumihide is a graduate of Waseda University Department of Law and Columbia Law School LLM. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1989 and joined Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine (currently Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu). He became a partner of Tsunematsu Yanase & Sekine in January 1996 and he has been one of the co-managing partners of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu since January 2015.
  • Kozo Sasaki

    Kozo Sasaki is one of the co-founders and directors of LLAN. Kozo is a graduate of Waseda University, Faculty of Law and Columbia Law School LLM. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1998, and joined Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda. He joined Linklaters Tokyo in 2005, and has been a partner since 2007.
  • Jon Gray

    Jon Gray is one of the co-founders and directors of LLAN and also on the board of directors of Run for the Cure® foundation. Jon is a graduate of Williams College in 1990, and obtained a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1997. He was admitted to practice law in New York in 1998 and is a foreign registered lawyer of the Tokyo Dai-ni Bar Association. He worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (October 1997 – August 2005), Linklaters LLP (September 2005 – September 2015). Since October 2015 he has been a resident partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Tokyo.
  • Rika Beppu

    Rika Beppu is a director of LLAN. After graduating from Sophia University's Faculty of Foreign Languages and Studies, English Language Department, Rika studied and trained in the United Kingdom and obtained her qualification as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1994. Upon her return to Japan in 2001, she was the founding managing partner of an international law firm's Tokyo office, and subsequently a Corporate M&A partner at her former firm since 2008. As from October 2017, Rika is a Corporate M&A partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Tokyo. Rika is a foreign registered lawyer (English law) of the Tokyo Dai-ni Bar Association since 2001. She currently serves as the chair of the European Business Council, Legal Affairs Committee as well as the president of Women in Law Japan.
  • James Hough

    James Hough is one of the co-founders and directors of LLAN. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law. He has been admitted to the New York Bar since January 1987, and is a foreign registered lawyer of the Tokyo Dai-ni Bar Association. He has work on many pro bono matters involving LGBT rights, and has been an openly gay lawyer throughout his legal career. He is head of the Litigation Group in the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
  • Michihiro Mori

    Michihiro Mori is one of the directors of LLAN. Michihiro is a graduate of University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law and Harvard Law School LLM. He was appointed as a judge of Tokyo District Court in 1995. He also served as a staff attorney at the Civil Affairs Bureau of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Court during his career as a judge. He joined Nishimura & Asahi in 2005, and has been a partner since 2007.
  • Jean-Denis Marx

    Jean-Denis Marx is a director of LLAN. After graduating from École Superieure de Commerce de Paris, Jean-Denis was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1992 and became a Foreign Registered Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) in Japan in 2000. He worked at Coudert Frères in Paris from 1990 to 1993 and Koyo Seiko (now Jtekt Corporation) in Japan from 1989 to 1990. He joined Baker & McKenzie in 1994 and has been a Corporate M&A partner at Baker & McKenzie since 2002.
  • Ayako Kawano

    Ayako Kawano is one of the directors of LLAN. She is a graduate of Osaka University, Faculty of Law and Harvard Law School LLM. She was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1993. She is a partner of White & Case Tokyo and a member of its Asia-Pacific Regional Diversity Steering Committee.
  • Hiroki Inaba

    Hiroki Inaba is one of the Directors of LLAN and is one of the co-founders of the Network. Hiroki is a graduate of Kyoto University LLB and NYU Law School LLM. Following a career at a Japanese and an European financial institution, since March 2002, Hiroki is a vice president of Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., Senior Counsel and a Co-Head of its LGBT Network.
Auditor
  • Motoyasu Fujita

    Motoyasu Fujita is the auditor of LLAN. Motoyasu is a graduate of Sophia University, Faculty of Law and Duke University Law School LLM. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 2001, and joined Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani & Maeda. He joined Linklaters Tokyo in 2005, and has been a partner since 2014.
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